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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My quote for the week is “Happy first signs of Spring! Let go of what’s gone, be grateful for what remains, and look forward to what’s coming next.”

How can it be the end of March when we just ushered in March? Easter is early…it is this Sunday April 1, with lots of Easter traditions being planned for homes, churches and communities.

Peggy McVay will celebrate her 80th birthday this Friday, March 30, at 6 a.m., at the Seven Devils Steakhouse and Saloon. They are doing a pig roast/potluck, eating and drinking, and having a great time. The Seven Devils has a list of potluck dishes from which you may select. So, sign up and help Peggy at her 80 years young party! The steakhouse will be closed to regular business, but will have plenty of food for everyone.

Mindy was nominated for a Nursing Excellance Award of Exemplary Professional Practice through St. Luke’s medical program. This is an incredible honor for our Riggins wonderful nurse and friend who works at our local Riggins St. Lukes Medical Clinic.

Leighton Vander Esch just keeps going and going and going…Sports Illustrated was in Riggins yesterday, Tuesday, March 27, to have a “tour” by Leighton of his hometown, his school, SRHS, and sights where he grew up. Check next week’s column for more. Also, a film crew doing a special called The Ringer will be in town today, Wednesday, March 28, just roaming town and stopping in places to interview people about Leighton. So, if you are out and about Riggins, do not be surprised if you are asked some questions; you might even make it a point to be in town today. Then Saturday, March 31, Leighton will be signing autographs at The Blue and Orange Store in Boise from noon-1 p.m. Space is limited, so reserve your spot here: theblueandorangestore.som/autogdrapheven. And speaking of Leighton, so many NFL teams have been inquiring about him and featuring him as well as interviewing him that I cannot keep up with all the names; go to Sandy Vander Esch’s Facebook page to get a more detailed update on Leighton. The 2018 NFL Draft will be the 83rd annual meeting of National Football League franchises to select newly eligible players which will be held from April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Easter events, services scheduled

RIGGINS — The annual Riggins Easter egg hunt will take place at the Riggins Elementary School this Saturday, March 31, at noon. There will be plastic eggs filled with prizes as well as two special prize eggs for each division. And, yes, I will be the Easter egg hunt emcee. Everyone from babies to 4th grade is invited to take part in the fun.

Salmon River Community Church Easter services will be held this Sunday, April 1, with Sunrise Service at 7:30 a.m., at the church followed by a lite breakfast before regular Sunday school at 9:30 p.m. and Easter service at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Riggins Assembly of God Church will hold its Easter services this Sunday, April 1, beginning with breakfast at 9 a.m.; the church will provide biscuits and gravy, ham, and coffee; everyone is asked to bring a potluck breakfast dish of fruit, breakfast casserole, etc. Easter service begins at 10:45 a.m., with communion. Children’s Church with Easter fun also at 10:45 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

We lost another Salmon River icon last week with the death of Bob Wisdom, born Aug. 23, 1923, on the breaks of the Salmon River near Keuterville, Idaho, the oldest of seven children. The family moved around Idaho County several times until they bought the Gage Place which was later named the Wisdom Place on Squaw Creek just outside of Riggins in 1929. Bob lived there most of his life; he graduated from Salmon River High School in 1941, drafted into the Army in 1943 and was a wing gunner on the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Bob helped establish the Riggins American Legion Post and was a paid-up lifetime member. Bob was the honored Grand Marshall of Riggins Rodeo in 2000. Bob gave a lot of his time to his beloved Riggins and the Salmon River Canyon. See complete obituary in last week’s Free Press March 21; it is very interesting.

Riggins Rodeo Queen tryouts will be held next Saturday, April 7, at 10 a.m., MDST at the Riggins Rodeo grounds. Contact Lynda Mann 208-241-8822; if she is not available, leave a message and she will get back with you.

Bingo will be held at the Riggins Community Center at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 4. Everyone 18 and older is invited to join in on the fun…win cash for prizes!

Beth Bayliss will present a workshop on “How we do business as a church” Saturday, April 7, at 9-11:30 a.m. This free workshop is open to anyone who would like to attend. It can help you at home as well as in your business.

Color the Canyon 5K Run 2018 sponsored by the Riggins PTO will be held Saturday, April 28, for its fourth annual Color Run with your favorite emcee, me! Sign-ups will still be accepted after the March 25th date, but not assured of T-shirt and color dust; register on line at or Pick up numbers and color dust at Riggins Elementary School between 8:30-9:45 a.m. the morning of the Run which will begin at 10 a.m. with great signs to lead your footsteps 5K and back to Riggins Elementary School. Plan now to be a part of this fund-raiser for our Riggins schools. Contact Hannah McClure at 208-469-6499.

The Riggins City Council would like to thank the following volunteers who helped get the Manning Bridge North Tower moved and is now gracing Riggins City Park walking entrance: Jim Haener, Dave Frei, Arnold Hall, Dale Swink, Brady Clay, Dorian Clay, Ethan, John Belton, Bill Lenhart, Troy Hartzell, Jerry Gillaspy, Bill Bieren, Jim Kern, Dan Wash, John Pottenger, and Project Engineer Jesse Webb. They each gave time and specific expertise for the project that will help keep the history of the Manning Bridge alive and share a historical monumental landmark for locals and vistors alike.


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